Viriditas Courses

If ever we need to develop an intimate knowledge of the world around us it is now, 2021. The following courses are offered at ‘Viriditas’ each year.

Option One

The Traditions, Art and Science of Herbal Medicine

A six month, one weekend a month course begins each October.

 *I am preparing to offer this as below – October 2021 AT

Viriditas, Centre for Plant Directed Learning and Participatory Science 2021/2022

Begins October 9th and 10th, 2021 with

‘Plant Immersion’ Developing The Plant/Person Relationship in Healing

About the course It is a unique participatory, grass roots, immensely practical course that is a combination of knowledge and wisdom gained over 50 years exploration of the plants we use as medicine.

To register

Please contact Isla on for enrolment details, dates and costs

Book early 7 Participants only.

NB: If you would like to pre-register for 2021/22 let me know.

(A pre-course progress payment plan is available just ask.)

Plant Immersion 2

An optional further 4 weekends plus a project development is also offered the following year.


Option Two

3 day ‘Plant Immersion’ retreat March 26th to 28th, 2021.

Plant Immersion, Incubation and Inspiration

3 day Viriditas Intensive 2021, with Isla Burgess

Central Otago, New Zealand

Practical, Participatory, Transformational, Experiential

The Viriditas garden near Wanaka has 150 medicinal plants growing. This intensive will immerse you into their world. Autumn is a dramatic time in this part of the world, I hope you will join us.

For more information and to register your interest, please contact Isla on

This is an independent event with no corporate sponsorship or product focus

Please email me for further information about these courses and more.


Isla Burgess is an internationally renowned medical herbalist. Juliette de
Bairacli Levy and Rongoa Maori experts such as Hohepa Kereopa,
Schumacher College tutors and the plants themselves have been key
teachers and mentors of Isla’s. She is the Director of the International
College of Herbal Medicine and founding participant in Viriditas – Centre
for Plant Directed Learning and Participatory Science. The sustainability of the plants used in Medicine is a key concern.

She has appeared in documentaries ‘Earth Whisperers Papatuanuku’ (New Zealand) and Numen (USA). Books ‘Weeds Heal: A Working Herbal’ and Biophilia Connecting People, Plants and Inscape’.

More recently ‘A Women’s Health and Wellbeing Kete’ A DIY guide with Mary Allan and a further Volume II published December 2020.

ON-Line Study

Therapeutic Issues in Women’s Health in Three Parts.

Please contact me for details.